Summer Classics’ Pelham warehouse opens March 20

Caleb Davis and Summer Classics CEO, Bew White examine furniture in the warehouse of the nearly 500,000-square-foot Summer Classics headquarters off U.S. 31 in Pelham. (File)

Caleb Davis and Summer Classics CEO, Bew White examine furniture in the warehouse of the nearly 500,000-square-foot Summer Classics headquarters off U.S. 31 in Pelham. (File)

By CHLOE ALLEN / Special to the Reporter

PELHAM – The furniture giant Summer Classics is gearing up for the opening of its new home in the old Moore-Handley building on Pelham Parkway on Friday March 20.

Founded by Auburn graduate Bew White III, the Pelham Summer Classics store has become one of the largest distribution centers in the United States. With 500,000 square feet of space, the Pelham Parkway building includes the company’s cushion production department, showroom, warehouses, eight conference rooms and 84 offices with an employment of 200 people.

“We’re already full over here. It’s such a massive building,” White said about the Pelham Parkway location.

Along with distribution, Summer Classics has five separate companies inside of the business itself, which includes Gabby Home, Parker James, Summer Classics Contract – which offers furniture for hotels, country clubs, and assisted living homes – Summer Classics, the wholesale division and Summer Classics retail.

“We are a manufacturer, and our main business is distributing furniture to the stores,” White said. “We also design and manufacture products to our specifications in Captive Factories that make product specifically for us.”

Today, Summer Classics has nine locations in nine states and retailers all around the country. The Pelham parkway location will serve as the company’s headquarters.